By J. Jala | 09:25 PM July 26, 2021
Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz delivered the country’s first-ever gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Monday at the Tokyo International Forum.
Diaz’s winning in women’s 55-kg weightlifting event has put an end to a near century-long Olympic gold medal drought since the Philippines first competed in the games in 1924.
The country has since won three silvers and seven bronze medals but the gold proved elusive until this moment.
Diaz, 30, who hailed from Zamboanga City, had previously won a silver medal in the women’s 53-kg category in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In Tokyo, Diaz finished with a total score 224 kg, lifting 97 in the snatch and 127 in the clean & jerk to outduel China’s Liao Qiuyun for the gold.
Liao, the world record holder in the 55-kg weight class, finished with a 223. Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo picked up the bronze medal with a 213.